Island in Tittabawassee may be source of dioxin, furan contamination
Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 5:20 PM By Lindsay Knake | The Saginaw News

KOCHVILLE TWP. — A small island in the Tittabawassee River downstream from the city of Midland is believed to be contaminated with chemicals called furans that are now polluting the water and floodplain of the river.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to take interim action on the island to address erosion and contamination from the chemicals, said Judith Lincoln, a member of the Saginaw-Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination Community Advisory Group. The EPA will hold public comment later this year before taking action.

Dioxins and furans are linked to emissions from Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. operations from the 1930s to the 1970s. The chemicals have caused cancer, immune system and reproduction problems in laboratory animals.

Lincoln said the community advisory group will hear from several researchers who conducted studies about dioxins and furans in the river during the next few meetings.

“The studies have reached different conclusions. We’ll get all sides,” she said.

The advisory group’s next meeting is 6 p.m. March 20 at the Saginaw Valley State University Regional Education Center, 7400 Bay Road.

Meanwhile, the EPA is accepting comments on Tittabawassee River dioxin cleanup until March 13.

The agency has an interim plan to limit dioxin exposure to residents living in the floodplain. Residents can expect the EPA to order work this spring and summer designed to protect homes and properties from soil contaminated by chemicals, Remedial Project Manager Mary Logan said.

Comments on the proposed plan may be submitted to Community Involvement Coordinator Patricia Krause by e-mail at, by fax at (312) 697-2568 or online.

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Jack Nutty March 02, 2011 at 8:10PM
Yeah, the island did it. Stupid island!

HalloweenJack March 02, 2011 at 9:16PM
Not to mention that the entire river is filled with Dihydrogen Monoxide. Prolonged exposure can cause tissue damage and thousands die each year from ingesting this killer. Even small quantities can kill and it's present from the headwaters all the way to the bay and beyond.

Post new gladileft March 02, 2011 at 9:26PM
Don't let your kids eat dirt or drink the water.

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